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Just in time for summer, here's a recipe from Malawi that you can prepare using vegetables straight from your own garden. Perhaps you're even growing your own burlap sack gardens like those created by the industrious women of Gideon village in Malawi (originally featured in the Summer 2013 edition of World Ark).

Burlap Sack Garden A burlap sack garden created by the industrious women of Gideon village in Malawi. Photo by Russell Powell, courtesy of Heifer International.

Masamba is a Malawian dish prepared with kale, spinach, collards or pumpkin leaves, peanut powder, onions and tomatoes.

Recipe adapted from Wiki Recipes.


  • 1 pound greens, well-washed and finely chopped (kale, spinach, collards or pumpkin leaves)
  • 4 tablespoons peanut powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 small onions finely chopped (optional)
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped


  1. Make the peanut powder by grinding roasted peanuts in a blender until fine and powdery.
  2. Boil salted water and put the greens in (just enough boiling salted water to cover the greens).
  3. Cook over medium heat until soft, adding water as needed to keep the greens from sticking.
  4. After about a minute, add the tomatoes, onions and peanut powrder on top of the greens. Do not stir.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Stir and simmer 15 additional minutes.

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Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, an Arkansas transplant originally from St. Louis, Mo., started working at Heifer International in 2011. She enjoys dragging her three children on nature hikes and snapping photos of them and everything around her. She has a bachelor’s degree in English has been “in the process” of writing the great American novel for 24 years.